Hamilton: I could have just driven better

Hamilton: I could have driven better

Hamilton: I could have just driven better

While Lewis Hamilton was encouraged by the improvement in Mercedes’ form over the Canadian GP weekend, he was disappointment with his own performance.

The seven-time Formula 1 Champion’s form in free practice showed that he was in with a chance of grabbing pole in qualifying, but instead it was teammate George Russell who did, and he had to settle for seventh.

In the race, he was stuck behind Fernando Alonso for a long time, failing to pass, while a late-race fight with Russell did not go his way and he crossed the line fourth.

However Hamilton was buoyed with Mercedes’ progress, he told the media: “On one side, I’m happy that we are progressing and we have positives to take from this weekend.

“But it was a pretty disastrous afternoon yesterday and then today, the race was pretty shocking on my side. So I can’t say I am particularly happy with it

“Today [Sunday], I could have just driven better. Less mistakes. I was stuck behind Fernando [Alonso] so there was nothing I could really do there.

“Lots of mistakes over the weekend as a whole, but lots of positives to take in terms of performance, so [I’ll] try and improve for the next race,” the Briton concluded.

Russell who finished third having started on pole labeled his race a missed opportunity, and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff understands the negativity in his drivers’ post-race comments.

Wolff said: “When you finish third and fourth where we have been coming from, then it’s a positive race. Three and four is much better than we had previously, you know, what we had in the last few races.

“So that’s good, but I think both drivers saw that there was more up because we could have maybe gained a position or two, and that’s why there is a kind of negative sentiment that prevails.

“But [if] you would have given them third and fourth before the weekend, probably they would have taken it,” the Austrian admitted.

Mercedes remain fourth in the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Standings, 88 points behind McLaren who are third. Hamilton is eighth in the Drivers’ Standings with 55 points while Russell is 14 points ahead in seventh.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier from Montreal)